OPERAQ IS THROWING OPEN THE DOORS TO ITS INCREDIBLE WARDROBE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE COMPANY’S 33 YEAR HISTORY FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COSTUME SALE.
In a bold response to the pressures opera is facing around the world, Opera Queensland has unveiled a 2015 season that will take the 400-year old art form into new venues and pop-up spaces, and create thousands of opportunities for people to see a performance for the first time or even become part of it.
Artistic Director, Lindy Hume delivers a keynote speech at The 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit in Kalgoorlie: “I’m probably one of the few leaders of Australia’s 28 MPA companies who actually lives in regional Australia. That’s where I’m most at home and where my heart is, but I love urban life too…”
Guided by Artology and Opera Queensland, a team of 33 talented teenagers and 5 professionals have reinvented Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s gothic novel into a daring new stage adventure, combining physical theatre, music, video and other art forms.
The cast, orchestra and crew have flown home, the set and costumes are in storage, and the final tragic chords of La bohème have finally ebbed away…but there are people all around Queensland whose lives have been changed by this extraordinary project.
I’m in “The Isa” for the last hurrah of the crazy-brave adventure that has been OperaQ’s Project Puccini, and I’m thrilled to crow that our improbably ambitious journey across regional Queensland, incorporating a total of 384 local choristers into our beautiful new production of Puccini’s La bohème, has been an unqualified success.
With the Brisbane season of La bohème in its final week, regional choruses around Queensland are making their final preparations to take to the stage in their cities.